This list is a fine place to ask these questions, but the Icehouse
list is even better, since it's dedicated to everything about
Icehouse, which includes Martian Chess, Treehouse, and tons more games.
On Oct 17, 2006, at 4:47 PM, Kimberly Terrill wrote:
My 10 yr old son watched a game of Martian Chess at Origins. He
REALLY wants to play this game. I want to get it for him for
christmas. I was looking online and it appears the 3House book with
the rules is no longer available.
Actually, the 3House book is coming soon; it hasn't been published
yet, but should be ready pretty soon.
I did find instructions online. http://www.wunderland.com/icehouse/
are the rules good enough for us to use? Can we get one of those
cool specialty martian chess boards? I couldn't find it at
Yes, the online rules should be good enough to use. Also, if you'd
like, you can buy "Playing with Pyramids", which has rules for 12
Icehouse games. If your son likes Martian Chess, he may like some of
the other games.
I don't believe the cool specialty chess boards are available for
sale. There are plans to make a roll up board that is 3-sided on one
side, and 5-sided on the other (you can supply your own 2 or 4-sided
regular chess boards), and I think at one point Eeyore produced some
of the cool modular ones, but like many things in the world of
Icehouse, it's a do-it-yourself kind of thing for now.
You can find the information you need to make your own board segments
And it said color doesn't matter. So I can buy tubes of all 1 color
for this game, correct? (my little boy is obsessed with the color
yellow, I thought I could get him a tube of all yellow)
Yep, that would be fine for Martian Chess. If your son was interested
in other Icehouse games, the Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue colors are
the most common colors that are referred to specifically in the rules
of various games. But for Martian Chess, all yellow should be fine.